Maxi Pereira

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pereira and the second or maternal family name is Páez.
Maxi Pereira
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Pereira with Uruguay in 2014
Personal information
Full name Victorio Maximiliano Pereira Páez
Date of birth (1984-06-08) 8 June 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Porto
Number 2
Youth career
2002 Defensor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Defensor 125 (25)
2007–2015 Benfica 212 (13)
2015– Porto 2 (0)
National team
2005– Uruguay 105 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2015

Victorio Maximiliano "Maxi" Pereira Páez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaksi peˈrejra]; born 8 June 1984) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a right back for Portuguese club Porto and the Uruguay national team.

Pereira played with Defensor in Uruguay, joining Benfica in 2007 and going on to remain with the club for eight seasons, appearing in 333 official games and winning eleven major titles.

A Uruguayan international on more than 100 occasions, Pereira represented the nation in two World Cups and three Copa América tournaments, winning the 2011 edition of the latter tournament.

Club career[edit]

Defensor[edit]

Born in Montevideo, Pereira started playing professional football for Defensor Sporting as an 18-year-old, early in the 2002–03 season. He took no time to adjust to the first team, being a crucial part alongside Álvaro González and scoring a career-best 16 goals in the first division in the 2005 campaign. After 2006–07 Defensor lost both gems, as González was transferred to Boca Juniors and Pereira went to Portuguese club S.L. Benfica, accompanied by countryman Cristian Rodríguez;[2] the Eagles signed the player for €3 million and 70% of his rights.[3]

Benfica[edit]

Pereira playing for Benfica in 2014

In his first year Pereira was initially played as a right midfielder, failing to adjust to that position. He did score in two consecutive home games in November 2007, in a 6–1 league thrashing of Boavista F.C. and in the season's UEFA Champions League 1–1 draw against A.C. Milan, where he netted with his left foot from outside the box.[4]

The following campaign Pereira switched to right-back, after Nélson Marcos moved to Real Betis, and became an everpresent fixture during the Eagles' campaign. In 2009–10, as Benfica won the league after five years – adding the season's domestic League Cup – he appeared in a total of 40 matches, scoring five goals in 2,932 minutes of action.

On 17 December 2011, he renewed his contract with Benfica until 2015, with the Eagles paying €2.7 million for the remaining 30% of his rights, still in possession of Defensor.[5][6] Pereira netted two goals in the 2011–12 Champions League, both coming against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in the round-of-16 (2–3 away loss, 2–0 home win, both through tap-ins)[7][8] as Benfica eventually reached the quarter-finals of the competition, where he was sent off in the first half of the second leg against Chelsea after two bookable offenses (1–1 away draw, 1–2 aggregate loss).[9]

On 2 October 2014, Pereira reached the 300th game milestone at Benfica, in a Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen, becoming the second foreigner behind Luisão to reach it.[10] He scored twice in a win at Gil Vicente (0–5) in the league on 2 May 2015.[11]

Porto[edit]

On 30 June 2015, Pereira left Benfica on the expiration of his contract. Fifteen days later, he joined rivals FC Porto, as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Danilo.[12] In 15 August 2015, the veteran made his first team debut in a 3–0 home win against Vitória Guimarães, providing two assists to teammates Vincent Aboubakar and Silvestre Varela thus helping the team to achieve the result.[13][14]

International career[edit]

Pereira in action in a friendly against Austria in March 2014

A Uruguayan international since making his debut on 26 October 2005 in a friendly loss, away against Mexico. Pereira quickly became a regular for his country, and represented it at the 2007 Copa América.

He was selected for the squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, playing all the games and minutes for the eventual semfinalists: in the quarterfinals against Ghana, he missed his penalty shootout attempt but Uruguay eventually qualified for the next stage, where he scored his first goal as an international, in a 2–3 loss against Holland, finding the net in the 91st minute.[15] Pereira was again an undisputed starter for Uruguay in the 2011 Copa América held in Argentina, with the national team winning its 15th continental tournament.[16]

He played 14 times in qualification for the 2014 World Cup, scoring once in a 4–2 home win over Peru on 10 June 2012.[17] On 13 November 2013, he opened the scoring as Uruguay won 5–0 away to Jordan in a play-off to qualify for the tournament.[18] He was the first player sent off in the finals in Brazil, receiving his marching orders in injury time of the 1–3 defeat to Costa Rica in Fortaleza after kicking Joel Campbell.[19]

On 28 March 2015, he earned his 100th cap in a 1–0 friendly victory over Morocco in Agadir, becoming only the second Uruguayan after Diego Forlán to reach the milestone.[20][21] He played every minute of Uruguay's campaign at the year's Copa América, captaining the team in their final group match against Paraguay in place of the suspended Diego Godín.[22]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Uruguay's goal tally first[23]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 6 July 2010 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  Netherlands 2–3 2–3 2010 FIFA World Cup
2. 10 June 2012 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Peru 2–0 4–2 2014 World Cup qualification
3. 13 November 2013 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Jordan 1–0 5–0 2014 World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 August 2015[23]
Team Season League Cup League Cup Continental1 Supercup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Defensor 2002 5 0 5 0
2003 19 3 19 3
2004 14 1 14 1
2005 34 6 34 6
2005–06 29 12 29 12
2006–07 23 3 9 1 32 4
2007–08 1 0 2 0 3 0
Total 125 25 11 1 135 26
Benfica 2007–08 23 2 4 0 1 0 8 1 36 3
2008–09 28 1 2 1 5 0 6 0 41 2
2009–10 25 2 0 0 4 0 8 2 37 4
2010–11 26 0 5 0 4 0 14 1 0 0 49 1
2011–12 25 0 1 0 4 1 13 2 43 3
2012–13 28 3 4 0 1 0 9 0 42 3
2013–14 25 0 5 0 2 0 11 0 43 0
2014–15 32 5 1 0 3 0 5 0 1 0 42 5
Total 212 13 22 1 24 1 75 6 1 0 333 21
Porto 2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 338 38 22 1 24 1 85 7 1 0 469 47

International[edit]

As of 25 June 2015[24]
National team Year Apps Goals
Uruguay 2005 1 0
2006 7 0
2007 10 0
2008 10 0
2009 7 0
2010 13 1
2011 15 0
2012 9 1
2013 15 1
2014 12 0
2015 6 0
Total 105 3

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica

International[edit]

Uruguay

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Mantorras out for three months; BBC Sport, 27 August 2007
  3. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Goals, goals, goals; UEFA.com, 14 December 2007
  5. ^ "Vieira anuncia renovação de Maxi Pereira". Record. 17 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Maxi Pereira prolonga contrato até 2015". Diário de Noticias. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Zenit's Shirokov scores twice to down Benfica". UEFA.com. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Benfica progress at Zenit's expense". UEFA.com. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Chelsea 2–1 Benfica; BBC Sport, 4 April 2012
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  11. ^ "Gil Vicente - Benfica (Jornada 31 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
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  13. ^ "Maxi Pereira, o hat-trick de duas assistências" [Maxi Pereira, the hat-trick of two assists] (in Portuguese). ionline. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Maxi Pereira "Fizemos grande jogo" [Maxi Pereira "We made a great game"] (in Portuguese). Record. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Bevan, Chris (6 July 2010). "Uruguay 2–3 Netherlands". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  16. ^ Uruguay celebrates well into early Monday its record winning 15th Copa America; Merco Press, 25 July 2011
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  20. ^ "Uruguay with team confirmed and Pereira with 100 games to his credit". CONMEBOL. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Uruguai vence Marrocos no 100.º jogo de Maxi Pereira" [Uruguay defeat Morocco in Maxi Pereira's 100th game] (in Portuguese). Diario de Noticias. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
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